Trailer: The Allure of Rome Maarten van Heemskerck Draws the City


In 1532, Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) embarked on a journey from Haarlem to Rome. From his roughly five-year stay in the Eternal City, the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin has preserved a unique collection of around 170 drawings. In addition to sweeping panoramas and city views, these primarily included studies of ancient sculptures and ruins. This outstanding collection will be on view in its entirety for the first time next year, marking 450 years since the artist’s death. Along with these virtuosic drawings, which are also important pictorial sources on the history of Rome during the Renaissance, paintings, prints, books, and plaster casts will also be on display.

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